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understand. radioactive. guard. breaking news this hour in japan wants of another possible explosion a nuclear plant as the government does not rule out a potential meltdown meanwhile radiation levels are on the rise probably exceeding four hundred times the norm in some areas. it certainly isn't a global level of violence that would normally marriage intervention that someone states paint a different picture of the situation in libya calling for a no fly zone and seeking possible military intervention we investigate the real situation in the country. and lifting the reset to new heights the u.s.
vice president visits moscow rattled a bid for russia's world trade organization membership. a lot from our studios in moscow you're watching r t thanks for joining us we start with breaking news from japan where officials are now warning of new threats well it seems that there is a risk of another explosion at the fukushima power plant and the government claims it can withstand the blast like the first reactor did on saturday japanese officials are also saying that the second reactor in fukushima could be experiencing a partial meltdown meanwhile radiation has increased to four hundred fold in the region of miyagi which lies dozens of kilometers further north and it's not clear.
at the moment if the radiation came from the local nuclear plant or drifted up from the facility in fukushima following saturday's explosion so the government claims the radioactivity released so far does not pose a threat to human health so having said that the number of people admitted to hospital suffering exposure as such would be rising and there's a series of aftershocks that continue to rock the country meanwhile the estimated death toll from the earthquake triggered tsunami in the miyagi province alone is believed to exceed ten thousand. bennett has the latest from tokyo. actually the city is still shaking there been a number of aftershocks just this morning even one the last one about twenty minutes ago the whole room was shaking as i walk downstairs the light fittings were shaking and it's very hard to actually walk in a straight line you're swaying and enjoying the night there in couple of aftershocks so strong in fact that they work me up and i could actually hear the room creaking and things now falling from the roof outside so the city is still
experiencing aftershocks none that are actually inflicting damage on the city now and from what i see in that this is very little of surface damage here but the transport infrastructure is definitely still suffering when trying to arrange transport now to sendai for the epicenter there where that earthquake hit me days ago. and all the trains none of the trains going to the north of the country they're not working and they're still very unsure of what actual transport links they can run with all these aftershocks still happening so even a far away as tokyo still suffering the after effects local authorities fear that a number of the people that have been affected by the radiation and spilled out into the atmosphere could actually rise to one hundred sixty is they actually now analyze the exposure of the people who have been evacuated from the area around the fukushima number one power plant where there is a number of reactors are still on high alert yes they one of the reactors exploded
and of course the playing down the fears of nuclear meltdown however still high there are a number of other reactors out that the regime and the one plant and number two plant now because the pressure is still very very high inside a number of the reactors and they having to really let outs dana and obviously to in doing so great relationship to them which is building to the radiation in the atmosphere and also the kids cooling system actually on one of the reactors of that second one was knocked out again this morning and with the other plan with the other reactors. function is not working actually using pumping in seawater even around the reactor to try and cool it move it back your two hundred thousand people there handing out i had seen these people coming out of those affected areas because that's what's used to treat radiation explosion. of russia is closely monitoring the radiation on its territory nearest to japan moscow also says it is
ready to help tokyo with russia having a vast experience in dealing with both natural and manmade disasters artist explains. prime minister putin has russia is ready to send few undoubled gas supplies to japan of course energy's very much needed in the shattered country right now as it has lost a lot over its resources electricity is down in many parts of japan as well forty two units of hardware including seven jets are ready to fly to japan together with two hundred doctors and rescuers russia is among forty five nations worldwide own stands by to send its help to japan however so far japan has accepted help from six countries only and those are united states great britain and germany new zealand as a trio here and south korea meanwhile in the russian capital people are bring you flowers to the japanese embassy laying them by the embassies walls and the country's authorities are scores looking eastwards as well because we need to
continue monitoring the situation in the russian far east as closely as possible and just talk to the local authorities in the region the situation there is no you know from the point of view of people's housing and radioactivity. the situation must be closely monitored on the ground places right now the radiation level of russia's far east is normal and the other countries atomic energy agency has assured that there is no danger for russia in this in the worst case scenario emission of radioactive particles they're not going to reach russia sure is one of the reasons for that is because the air flows around the globe moved from west to east as from north to south so if you look at the map in the worst case scenario there are going to be carried into the pacific ocean but having said that russia does unfortunately have a very sad experience of dealing with the consequences over a nuclear disaster intern noble back in one thousand nine hundred eighty six so perhaps that experience could be over. our correspondent in ukraine alexei had
a chef who looks at the similarities of the term noble disaster with what's happening right now in japan obviously this white smoke coming from the reactor building is the only ovies resemblance which we can see between the two incidents twenty five years ago chernobyl and at the fukushima power plant now days that's where the similarities and the situations are basically different simply because what caused the what caused them you know the the fallout internal was caused by a massive human error what is happening now in japan is of course the result of a natural disaster the earthquake happened which happened on friday and the other big difference and this is a very significant difference between the two events is how the government has been responding to the to the events obviously twenty five years ago the government
of the soviet government kept most of the information secret from the general population in russia as well as from the rest of the world and went on a massive secret complaint to just safeguard this information and this was this is something which we cannot see today because the japanese government even though we have conflicting reports coming from the islands of what's happening there and we have no certainty of what caused this last still the japanese government ordered the evacuation of people from the surrounding areas at the fukushima region but this didn't happen twenty five years ago when fifty four thousand residents of the town of people next to the chernobyl power plants were kept in the south for more than twenty four hours and this of course caused some damage to them that people were subjected to a great deal of radioactive threat coming from the open reactor spare no effort in
getting the. job done this typical motto for construction projects in the soviet union also apply to the chernobyl nuclear power plant when construction kicked off in the nine hundred seventy s. it was intended to be a dream project for soviet ukraine. and the birth rate in prepared was higher than all of ukraine people were given homes and there was a great demand for a work force in chernobyl so everyone worked and lighted there but this happy existence came to an abrupt end on april the twenty six nine hundred eighty six with the explosion of a reactor at the power station the very same model used for building the plants where no effort was known to be used in the clear up of the world's worst ever manmade nuclear disasters the glazing reactor was bombarded with sand and lead measures which at first seemed very driven but which related deemed highly effective by the international atomic energy agency this action helped contain the
radiation and enable construction of the circle for good a structure built around the reactor to seal it off for several months after the catastrophe the lessons of chernobyl have been learned by experts worldwide since the catastrophe and will have been of assistance to those battling the latest serious nuclear accident in japan threatening contamination with large numbers of people being evacuated because of the radiation threat something which didn't happen twenty five years ago in so you crane the chernobyl fallout was caused by a massive human error mistakes made by the authorities in the first hours after the blast also cost many lives but the events of twenty five years ago in what is now sovereign ukraine have proved to be an invaluable lesson for mankind alexy rossetti see reporting from kiev ukraine. and nuclear expert dr result the whole says all the way through noble type results or is unlikely to happen in japan and
contamination area from the fukushima plant will grow. it's a horrible irony that the japanese who were the first we attacked with the nuclear weapons will now also suffer from the hands of nuclear energy and we hope that it won't be like chernobyl in terms of how wide it will be spread because if it was an explosion coming out of containment dome then it won't go as high as it with chernobyl and so it won't spread so far but that means that the radiation will be a lot more intense in the actual area so it's good that they're evacuating at the moment but it's really not enough because the area is much larger that we're talking about that will be contaminated. christopher simons an associate professor at a talker university says the radiation levels around fukushima are high and children may suffer the most from exposure. people are being advised to stay in their homes
not drink water turn off their air conditioners. so it sounds like the government is preparing people for a significant nuclear event the radiation in the city was approximately one thousand my crew secrets and that is about as much really a sin as a human body should absorb in one year and that's being released every hour or so it seems like the radiation levels in the vicinity of the reactor are quite high the biological effects will depend on a number of factors of course the secret is a measure of io logical impact rather than. just nuclear energy so for example if you are a larger person you have a larger body mass absorbing that same amount of radiation that suggests that the most vulnerable people will be children and the elderly people with a smaller body mass or or more we could waddy. i believe that measure of one
thousand my crew sieverts was quite close to the reactor so obviously the main concern is for emergency workers firefighters and terry in the area people further away are probably not at so great a risk of course the the radiation is carried by particles in the air but the mission is geometrically with distance. all the same with our team throughout the day as we can't be more abreast of all the latest developments in japan. let's turn to a libya now the arab league has backed the idea of a no fly zone over the country after an emergency summit and member states agreed to ask the u.n. security council to impose the restriction suggested by the u.k. ad frats as artie's policy of reports of the actual situation there in libya is far from the way it's being presented. this haeckel beat. of the minutes
and editor science in the bargaining taking place in downtown tripoli market shops here close really nowadays people are afraid and many of the africans used to work here have fled the country and the argument that libya is on the brink of civil war so foreign intervention is needed seems to ring a little hollow there. it certainly isn't a global level of violence that would merit intervention gadhafi has offered assistance foreign media but only if they can really stay well away from any of the opposition but it's a similar picture in opposition strongholds dr ahmed on brekky was forced close to going past office of his newspaper because pressure from rebels you have to question the version of events is all nothing. new since. these cities are. druze and then given the.
thinking when they believe and many did as he supporters fear that while he may be winning the war with the rebels he's using the information that here insurance or else are tricky wisco bonus issues puzzled and angry by reports that this release was shooting people in a hotel on his normal teachers from the guest list the real rights to her normal normal life and light certainly seems calm on the streets. we did come climbing this. extra interest but there are events unfolding right now in ivory coast. there is also conflict an armed conflict between rebels and the government but nobody seems to be thinking of that it's only because fashionable attention is focused on libya the only reason. that you oil
think we'd be in iraq if there weren't there was broccoli just. think of the trucks hundreds of. it's if this filthy. antiwar columnists and historian abortion and knowledge from washington d.c. believes there's absolutely no justification for anyone it's a medal in libya's affairs this is reminding me every day more of bosnia in the early one nine hundred ninety s. when a clear cut case for intervention couldn't be made in the public was not very much in a mood for war one had to be sort of created gradually by gradual involvement and it started with the you know humanitarian of the agents and observers and scouting missions and it continued through the north fly zone and it ended up being full blown war several years later right now invoking the the responsibility to protect doctrine is basically going to make it obvious to the entire world that this is
a license to meddle doctrine there is absolutely normal. possible justification for the united states or even the e.u. to get involved in libya there's just nothing in their charters or just there's nothing that would justify this. broadly as the deputy editor of spiked magazine in london says even the talk of foreign intervention is affecting the situation on the ground in libya. there is actually a bit of competition going on between the major western powers about who can seem simple who can you seem to be the most kind of moral the most ethical in the world so fronts at the moment is really seems to be driving things that mother but then the british prime minister and foreign secretary been talking about the possibility of intervention as well usually these things are a sign of things not going well for politicians of home so they will they want to try and find some stories some issue on the world stage they can provide a bit of destruction provide them with
a sense of they've got some sort of purpose which is lacking in the domestic sphere or wouldn't think too much about the oil situation but i do think there is that even though saber rattling is going to have a very part effect on venice on the ground in libya i mean just the possibility of intervention. on one hands being the khadafi is going to have to work much faster to try and end the uprising before the possibility of a rises on the other hand the rebels will now be looking at a broad for. it to try to resolve this conflict rather than looking for their own ability to do with this situation and i think that's a very very bad side as well i think that's going to make a mess regardless of even if one shot is fired from from from from the west because ability of it happening is already distorting things on the ground. powers are frozen the accounts are more michael duffy and other senior figures in libya's government the u.s. alone has blocked thirty billion dollars the largest amount of four assets ever
seized in an american sanctioned action list are reports history suggests libya may never see its money again after the international crap. as violence continues in libya the u.s. sends warships and more troops in that direction fueling speculation of a military intervention and meanwhile western countries may have already launched a war against colonel moammar gadhafi as north african regime most countries could see. the freezing over. act of war for the weapons here the foreign assets of either libya the country or khadafi and his family that some estimate to be almost one hundred billion dollars it's believed to be spread across the globe oriel money invested through the country's sovereign wealth fund everything from a stake in the company that owns the financial times newspaper to land near the
spanish resort town of marbury are being developed into homes and the golf course to the oil company via an ex and billions of dollars of cash in banks throughout europe and the us the question now is what happens to all this money especially the thirty billion dollars the united states has frozen the most ever in the history of this country and this type of situation it essentially cuts libya off from the entire u.s. banking system for now it stays put while the situation is still uncertain but what is certain the president of the united states is now in control of this money which gives him a powerful tool. deal about this money or some of this money. forward. whatever. port this is trying to accomplish this or. it's all a melt control and profit. an empire that's an
empire where the greatest profits come from the military contracts and the oil contracts so. they will work overtime. to enact these sanctions the u.s. president declared the situation in libya quote an unusual and extraordinary threat to u.s. national security and foreign policy that's not typical considering there is not a clear aggressive action libya has taken against the u.s. as for libya's financial interests analysts say you could look at the history of countries such as iran their assets were frozen in the wake of the one nine hundred seventy nine hostage crisis their money that was seized from iran back in one nine hundred seventy nine has still you know not been returned to the iranians so it's basically time for a ponder play you know if we can take it away from them we will the money is used most often to pay for the settlements of lawsuit against a leader or
a government or to recoup losses khadafi can likely has the money to buy we took their nuclear capacity away made promises didn't live up to them claim that was a great victory for peace and now we're in a situation where it's clear that oil is at stake the future of the massive sums of money reach for libyan oil is now is uncertain it's a divided country it came from lauren mr marty in new york well in an hour's time marty talks to russia's song void to nato dhimmitude are goals in he says certain countries are pushing to get involved in libya because they are reliant on its oil resources. but. i think if libya were just a banana growing country there wouldn't be so much interest in his domestic situation including in the humanitarian spear of course libya is a big enough energy supplier to europe certain countries like italy for example are heavily dependent on libyan deliveries others are not so much dependent on either
way libya's share is considerable we know that nato for example puts energy security matters at the top of its main agenda for this reason i think that this. it has a most direct bearing on the speed of the west decision making regarding libya. well the u.s. vice president was in high spirits when he arrived on a two day visit to moscow earlier this week his main goal was to encourage the continued reset between the two countries while libya understandably made it into the discussions the majority of the visit was focused on of boosting the trade the talks may have been on serious issues but the mood was certainly light in the treatment that of a joe joe biden that he hopes the u.s. vice president of won't be working on russia's bid for w t o membership all the way to the end of his career all the russian leader was promised that washington is doing all it can to make the accession happen democratic strategist chris that if
the u.s. says the u.s. needs russia's support and this visit highlights that. i think that the existing relations are on a track to moving forward no matter what the little disruptions are and i think that's very important and i think that's part of what biden this trip is all about and obama's trip will be all about which is even if we have set backs along the way the message has to be very clear to the russian people and to the american people that russia in the united states now have more in common than we do that separates us we need that russia to be part of the w t o we need a free trade with russia i think that that message is being sent to anything the united states does it will clearly take into account how the russian government the russian leadership feels about things and i'm sure that vice president biden is making that very clear to. the russian leadership that whatever we do in libya we're going to try to make sure that we cooperate with you and we're not in
conflict with you the other thing of course is that we're coming up to the tenth anniversary of nine eleven i don't think it's lost on the american people that the russian people have been victimized by islamic terrorists. and we share that in common and i think the metaphor for that is this idea of a missile defense although it's. states like iran and others i think that it's a symbol that we stand united against terrorists and that's another thing so while we might disagree on things like libya i think going forward the relationship moves forward no matter what the little setbacks might be true in a political expert from the u.s. council on foreign relations says russia and the u.s. are evolving and their relationship is changing and then passing more issues. i think in many respects what we're seeing here is the closing of phase one and the opening of phase two of this so-called recept phase one was all about security and high politics it was about the new start treaty missile defense iran afghanistan
and that really came to a close when the russian parliament and the u.s. senate ratified start now i think what we're do looking at is more societal contract cross investment that crosses the border as people traveling more between the two countries are trying to build the confidence that the vice president just talked to security is obviously going to be there both in north africa and trying to get us russian cooperation on missile defense but i think we're now seeing the relationship broaden out in deeper and its social route well let's get more and other international news making the headlines at this hour reports claim up to six people have been killed and hundreds injured in violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in yemen youth or at least stormed a makeshift camp of thousands of demonstrators in the capital and use live bullets tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd or the protesters responded with
a hail of rocks a live admission that demonstrators have been camping in the area for weeks the bathtub the end of president of the of the last thirty two year rule. referring to a bus accident in new york has claimed the lives of fifteen people and seriously injured another ten because she was carrying at least thirty one passengers when it flipped over slid off its side and it's a pall over the whole slice of the bus and half along the windows tearing the roof tops off the vehicle or the driver told investigators he swerved to avoid a tractor trailer but witnesses claim the bus had been traveling at high speed if you call was returning from a casino outside the city. but you're watching. r.t.l. be back with the headline short leave to stay with us.
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